Tom Summers

Tempietto, 2021

19 cm
Tempietto – stained stoneware vase The form of this vase is based on pure fantasy, imagining what everyday structures in our lives could be using a mish-mash of styles from renaissance architecture to today’s austere minimalism. It ponders a future of what a building could look like in hundreds of years, after sands and wind and rain have reshaped them and has been repurposed to be something greater. It dwells on an ancient past, some uncovered artifact, the purpose of which remains unknown. It has been made instinctively, each completed section leading to the placement and shaping of the next, with minimal planning. This allows the piece a very still and meditative presence that belies its smaller size.
Otherworldly, architectural objects made from clay. Tom Summers’ ceramics are instinctual, contemplative and each one of a kind. Tom Summers (b. 1990) is a ceramicist based in subtropical Brisbane/Meanjin. His background is in design having completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design, studying at both Queensland University of Technology and The Swedish School of Textiles in Borås. Against this background, he was inexorably drawn to the medium of ceramics and has been practising handbuilding with clay that he has stained with coloured pigments since 2018. Self-taught in this artistic medium, but with a designer’s sensibility for functionality and purpose, Tom’s pieces sit squarely on the line between art and design and are very content there. While having been involved in numerous group shows since beginning his practice in ceramics, the most likely place to find his work now would be at the Institute of Modern Art Gallery Store, artisan or the Museum of Small Things at the Calile Hotel.
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